Running events that are environmentally sensitive

Over the past couple of years, we are starting to see events that are environmentally sensitive. For example, events by Ultra Adventures and Vacation Races.

Ultra Adventures holds running events in Zion National Park, Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon.  They have a sustainability mission statement with the following points:

  • Solar powered event
  • Supporting Local Businesses and artisans
  • Supporting local communities

Vacation Races holds half marathon races in various locations were there are national parks, including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Parks, and more — which is similar to Ultra Adventures in terms of location, but are all half-marathons.  They have a “Cup Free” policy (for example, for the Yosemite Half Marathon).

The locations of these races are places where you “run where you play”m which is the tagline for Vacation Races.  [ BTW: Ultra Adventures tagline is “run elevated” ]

These events tend to be more expensive compared to road races and non-environmentally sensitive events, however, they are tend to be sold out quickly.

Trash 2 Trends Fashion Show Moves to Larger Venue this Year

Are you interested in fashion, but want to help the environment by reducing the amount to waste you create? Well head over to this link to check out a fashion competition Keep Orlando Beautiful sponsored last year and see if they are having future competitions that involves trash materials.

The possibilities are endless when using trash as fashion.

Gifts for the Holidays

With the holidays upon us this month, Martin and I thought we would provide a post of several products that would be interesting from our perspective.  Happy Holidays, and enjoy !! 🙂 – JM


Martin’s fun suggestions:


Below are several of my suggestions for gifts this holiday season.



If you like to go green but do it in style, these shoes will do. These shoes are among the first to be completely made out of recycled materials and can be recycled again after usage. Not to mention that it is at a price that beats other shoe prices that are made out of non-recycle material. So if you are looking for a new pair of shoes but want to have a green toe, check out the link below to learn more about these shoes.

Source: ReKixx Cool Sneakers 100% Recyclable

Bikila Evo


These aren’t your everyday shoes. These shoes allows you to run/walk/hike/swim barefooted to remind you what it was like before shoes were invented. I can’t tell you the huge different  that I felt from walking around in these. It felt like I was walking around barefooted, but with a shell to keep damaging my feet. Don’t let the price get to you, because you won’t regret buying these once you start training in these pair.

Source: Vibram

Born the Run by Christopher McDougall


Trying to find an inspiring story about running, well this is the story. I read this a few years back and the feels about running filled me. This author describes his adventures in discovering a hidden tribe that relies on running to survive, super athletes that live through running, and running a 100 mile race with a strong will. You will never forget this story once you read it. That is why I added the Vibram shoes above to your shopping list, all to make your discover through running barefoot.

Source: Christopher McDougall



Hate when you can’t find space for your bulky water bottle? Well Hydaway allows you to not worry about that. With its ability to compress, you can store it away into small areas, including your pocket. Great for hiking if you pack large or just for college classes that you need to drink. 

Source: Hydaway Bottle


John’s fun suggestions:


Below are several of my suggestions for gifts this holiday season.

Give Me Tap!!

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Source: Y Combinator Gift List


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Source: Y Combinator Gift List

Online Coding School for Entrepreneurs

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Source: Y Combinator Gift List


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Source: Y Combinator Gift List


It is Star Wars Release Weekend — Some Running Costumes

In light of this weekend being the premiere of the movie, Star Wars – The Force Awakens (7th episode), we found some running costumes that are related to the theme.

The costumes include Princess Leia (hairbuns, Chewbacca, Han Solo, the rebellion’s X-Wing fighter plane, Lady Darth Vader, Mini-mouse storm trooper (mixing the Disney and ILM theme, since ILM is now owned by Disney), and more.


Banning Plastic Bags in Super Markets

Very recently, California governor Edmund Brown signed a bill “that bans plastic shopping bags, making California the first U.S. state to officially prohibit stores from handing them out for free.” Consumers in California now must use reusable bags to shop without paying extra money for plastic bags.

If you are interested in reading more, click the link for the article: Breaking: California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags